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:: NYDIS Receives "Partners in Preparedness" Award from NYC OEM

NYDISnetOn September 26 NYDIS, along with the NY Mets, received OEM’s Ready New York Partners in Preparedness award for “outstanding commitment to emergency preparedness and disaster education.” This award recognizes the role that these organizations play in educating the public about preparing for emergencies. Commissioner Joseph Bruno presided over the award ceremony which was held at Gracie Mansion. The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, President of the Board of Directors, accepted the award on behalf of NYDIS. Representatives from FEMA, the Department of Health, American Red Cross, and CERT attended the reception. NYDIS sincerely appreciates this honor from our valued partner, OEM, and we look forward to continuing this important work.
:: NYDIS Releases Disaster Mental Health & Spiritual Care Manual

On September 25, coinciding with its 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Summit for NYC Religious Leaders, NYDIS released its “Manual for New York City Religious Leaders: Mental Health and Spiritual Care for Disaster Response and Recovery.” This 152-page Manual, a compilation of 19 chapters by 16 different disaster mental health and spiritual care experts, was edited by the Reverend Stephen Harding, Director of Pastoral Care at NYU Medical Center and FDNY Chaplain. The Manual offers an overview of the lifecycle of disasters, discusses the role of faith leaders throughout these phases, and provides information to guide NYC religious leaders to skill sets, training resources and effective clinical and pastoral best practices. The chapters are organized into three sections: Preparation & Mitigation, Response & Recovery, and Reference & Resources. The Manual serves as a comprehensive resource tool to enable New York City religious leaders to best serve their congregations and the public as they respond to and recover from disasters.

Download the Manual:

Download the Manual Publicity Flyer: click here
:: NYDIS Holds 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Summit for NYC Religious Leaders

NYDISnetOn September 25 NYDIS held its 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Summit for NYC Religious Leaders, co-sponsored by the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY), at the NYU Kimmel Center. Over 150 religious, community and government leaders came together for a day of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and break-out sessions led by disaster preparedness experts. Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director of NYDIS, offered words of welcome, followed by Terry Bischoff, CEO of ARC/GNY, and Calvin Drayton, First Deputy Commissioner of NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), who introduced the Summit’s key themes: addressing the needs of underserved communities and meeting the challenges of inter-religious cooperation and partnerships. The effectiveness of this year’s Summit reflects the continued effort of faith-based and governmental organizations to work together to best serve the public before, during, and after disasters.
:: NYDIS Participates in HSC Disaster Planning Multi-Agency Tabletop Exercise

The Human Services Council (HSC) conducted a tabletop exercise at the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC-GNY) September 19 for over two dozen disaster human service agencies involved in disaster planning and preparedness. The role-playing scenario by senior program staff and executives explored each participating agency’s activation protocols, their response capacity and their internal decision making, as well as interagency coordination capability in response to a fictional disaster - high winds and heavy rain affecting all NYC boroughs. NYDIS was represented by “player,” Executive Director Peter Gudaitis, and “observer,” Director of Disaster Recovery & Advocacy, Scottie Hill.
:: NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Updates
  • NYC 9/11 In-Service Training for Case Workers
    In-Service Training is required for case workers who have never presented a case at the Roundtable, and is recommended as a refresher for experienced case workers who have previously presented cases. All training sessions take place at NYDIS (map).
  • NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable Schedule
    The NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable brings together donors with agencies providing case management to 9/11 victims. Case Workers who would like to present a case must sign-up by Friday prior to the meeting of the Roundtable. Due to the influx of cases which need presenting, the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable will be adding an additional Wednesday date each month. There will now be three meetings a month, instead of two.
    • Thursday, October 4 - 9:30am-12:00 noon
    • Wednesday, October 10 - 9:30am-12:00 noon

    Contact Lida Mora, Moderator, NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable
  • NYC 9/11 Case Management Coordination Meetings
    NYDIS hosts monthly Case Management Coordination meetings for service providers that are assisting 9/11 recovery workers and the general 9/11-affected community. These meetings are open to representatives from any service providers that wish to coordinate and share information about their services and the community's needs.
    • Wednesday, October 17 - 9:30-11:00 am
:: NYC 9/11 Recovery Resources

A comprehensive list of news, updates and resources for 9/11 victims and injured recovery workers, updated weekly:
:: NYC Katrina Evacuee Recovery Resources
:: Upstate NY 2006 Flood Recovery Resources
:: NYS & NJ 2007 Nor’easter Recovery Resources
:: 8/8/2007 Severe Flooding/Tornado Recovery Resources

The latest information, updates and recovery services for those impacted by the August 8, 2007 NYC tornado and flooding:
:: 9/11 Workers' Compensation Registration Deadline Extended One Year-Aug. 14, 2008

NYDISnetNYDIS urges 9/11 chaplains, recovery workers and volunteers to register now to protect their right to workers' compensation benefits. NYDIS and New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) in collaboration with other agencies is mounting a media campaign to inform workers throughout the country about the necessity of registering by the deadline.

Download the brochure (pdf): English | Español

Call for registration guidelines: 866.WTC.2556
:: Mayor's Radio Address: 9/11 Health Impacts and What the City Is Doing

The following is text of Mayor Bloomberg's weekly radio address on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, September 23, where he discussed the latest steps the City is taking to help those whose health has been impacted by 9/11. " While federal action is essential, NYC isn't waiting for any outside help. Instead, the City has committed some $100 million to 9/11-health programs between now and 2011. That includes nearly $50 million for expanding Bellevue Hospital's free WTC Environmental Health Center. It's the only program that treats not only firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers who responded to the WTC attack, but also all those who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan on 9/11 and during its aftermath.”

Read the entire Radio Address: click here

To listen to the Radio Address: www.nyc.gov
  • Mayor Announces Expansion of WTC Environmental Health Center
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan Aviles announced that the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital, the City-funded program offering free health services to people experiencing health problems as a result of 9/11, is expanding to two additional locations. The new sites, at Gouverneur Healthcare Services in Lower Manhattan and Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, will allow the WTC Environmental Health Center to treat up to 20,000 patients over the next five years.

    Read the Mayor’s Press Release: click here
:: House Bill Would Expand Care & Compensation for 9/11 Workers

The Bloomberg administration and Governor Spitzer are supporting a new Congressional bill that would provide health treatment and financial compensation for all workers, residents and others exposed to the dust and smoke from the collapsed WTC. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was introduced by several members of NY’s Congressional delegation September 17 and would also reopen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to help those injured by exposure to the dust recover financial losses related to their illnesses. The legislation was sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Vito Fossella.

Read the NY Times September 18 article by Anthony DePalma:
:: FDNY Report on Health Impact of 9/11 First Responders

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta announced on September 20 the release of a comprehensive six-year assessment of the physical and psychological effects on active and retired FDNY members who responded to the WTC site on and after 9/11. The report’s findings show that the health impact can be linked to the arrival time of FDNY members. Earlier arrival times (especially within the first 48 hours) at the WTC site are associated with the highest incidence rate for respiratory symptoms. More than 79% of those present on the morning of 9/11 had at least one lower respiratory symptom, such as daily cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pain.

Read the WTC Health Impacts on FDNY Rescue Workers Report:

Read the FDNY September 20 Press Release:
:: City Makes Plans to Improve Crisis Communication

Mayor Bloomberg is aiming to adopt a host of new ways to communicate with New Yorkers during a crisis. Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler said at a City Council meeting on September 19, where he addressed how the city communicates with residents during an emergency, that the City hopes to launch a pilot program for a text-messaging notification system by the end of 2007, and a pilot program for a reverse 9-1-1 emergency notification system by early 2008. By mid-October, the pilot program for an e-mail notification system is set to begin in Lower Manhattan.

Read the NY Sun September 20 article by Grace Rauh:
:: MTA Takes Action to Improve Performance After 8/8 Storms

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a report assessing its performance during the August 8 storm, in which severe downpours and, in some places, high winds, shut down much of the subway system. The report identifies a series of actions to ensure better operations, engineering and communications performance in future events. It concludes that the severity, timing and lack of warning hindered storm preparations and exposed vulnerabilities in the system, which flooded due to enormous amounts of water pouring into subways and overwhelmed pumps from external drainage sources. The MTA could not provide alternative travel options, and customers had difficulty gaining access to timely and accurate information. As a result, Doppler radar will be installed in each agency’s operations center, an MTA-wide Emergency Response Center has been created, and new storm protocols will be put in place to guide alternative service. The MTA has committed $30 million to fund initiatives that can be put into place quickly.

Read the September 20 MTA Press Release:

Read the MTA’s “August 8, 2007 Storm Report”:
:: Security Training for MTA

The NY Times reported on October 1 in Metro Briefing: “Bus and subway employees have begun taking special training in identifying and responding to suspicious activities and in emergency communication, the MTA announced yesterday. About 28,000 workers will take the course, which the authority developed with outside consultants, authority officials said.”
:: NYPD Gets $3.2M for Radiation Detectors to Protect City

NYC has won a $3.25 million federal grant to help fund the NY Police Department’s (NYPD) plan to ring the city with radiation detectors. The detectors will be placed as far as 50 miles outside the five boroughs to identify dirty bombs and other threats on major routes into NY. "This is the first city in America that's going to have this program," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said of the project, which will cost $40 million to complete. The new radiation detectors will work in conjunction with the NYPD's planned "ring of steel" - a system of police cameras, license plate readers and street barriers that will be used to safeguard the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

Read the September 28 NY Daily News article by Alison Gendar and Michael White:
:: NYC Announces Design Competition for Post-Disaster Housing

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno launched the “What If New York City…” housing design competition, which seeks innovative approaches to sheltering victims in the aftermath of a disaster. With potentially thousands of residents displaced from their homes, and fully rebuilding communities could take several years, provisional housing could be used in the interim. With a scenario focusing on a fictional neighborhood hit by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving 38,000 families without housing, entrants are asked to design a provisional housing plan that could be used by emergency planners in real life. This design competition complements the City’s Coastal Storm Plan (CSP), which dictates how NYC would respond to a coastal storm emergency. The City intends to incorporate aspects of the competition’s winning submissions into the sheltering component of the plan.

For information on the competition, including eligibility, schedule, and judging criteria:
:: FEMA Recognizes Multicultural Communities' Needs

During 2007 more than 10 presidential declared disasters have identified the need to provide multilingual services to victims during recovery process. These disasters have provided translated materials into many languages such as Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Urdu, Hindi, Hmong, Yiddish, Japanese, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese. Recently, FEMA helped to provide interpretation services in Cantonese and Mandarin at the Brooklyn, New York Disaster Recovery Center following the impact of the 8/8 storms.

Learn how FEMA helps citizens with limited English proficiency receive important disaster information:

Read FEMA’s September 27 Press Release:
:: WTC Vets Launch HEART 911 to Help Disaster Victims

Two NYPD officers, a Port Authority lieutenant and a financial executive have joined together to create Healing Emergency Aid Response Team (HEART) 911. The organization aims to use the experience of rescue and recovery workers who labored at Ground Zero to help future disaster victims across the nation, especially those who came to NY's aid. The group already has about a dozen volunteers and is pushing to raise more money and recruit another 50 volunteers.

Read the September 23 NY Daily News article by Melissa Grace:
:: DHS Announces $24 Million in Homeland Security Nonprofit Grants

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the FY2007 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) awards which total more than $24 million and support security screening activities in non-profit organizations deemed at high-risk of a potential terrorist attack. Criteria include: prior identified and substantiated threats or attacks by a terrorist organization, organization’s role in responding to or recovering from terrorist attacks, and organization’s credible threat or vulnerability. NSGP grants seek to integrate nonprofit preparedness activities with broader state and local preparedness efforts, and promote coordination and collaboration in emergency preparedness activities among public and private community representatives, state and local government agencies, and Citizen Corps Councils.

Read the September 28 Press Release:

From Our Members & Partners

  • ARC/GNY: Dr. Redlener Offers Insights on Preparedness for Megadisasters

    In the January 31, 2007 issue of NYDISnet, the Book Review recommendation was Irwin Redlener’s “American at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do.” On September 24 he was the special guest speaker at the American Red Cross in Greater NY (ARC/GNY) Preparedness Month presentation at ARC/GNY headquarters in Manhattan. Dr. Redlener, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, cited a need for: better technology for bioterrorism detection, improved emergency radio inter-operation between agencies, a precise determination of which agencies are responsible for America's preparedness response, better collaboration between government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, and improved regional planning and resources.

    Read more about Dr. Redlener’s presentation:
  • Church World Service: Disaster Ministry Curriculum - Now Available Online

    The comprehensive Community Arise disaster ministry curriculum materials developed by Church World Service and its partner denominations are now publicly available on a new website. Visitors can view and download the instructor's guide, participant manual, and Power Point slides for Basic Disaster Ministry, Disaster Case Management Overview, Disaster Long-Term Recovery, Volunteer Management and Coordination, Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disaster, Children and Youth in Disaster, and Technology-Caused Disaster Response.

  • Sikhs Get Action a Second Time from Congress for TSA's Turban Screening Policy

    At the request of the Sikh Coalition, key Congressional Committee Chairs with oversight power over the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a joint letter expressing concern with its new turban screening policy. The letter, addressed to TSA Administrator Kip Hawley and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, calls for screening procedures that preserve both religious freedom and security. This is the second letter to the TSA from Congressional leadership in a week.  This letter, initiated by Congressman Mike Honda, was signed by Congressman John Conyers, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Congressman Tom Lantos Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection; and Congressman Bobby Scott, Civil Rights Taskforce Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Additionally, four Senators on September 25 sent a joint letter to the TSA. Post-disaster backlash is an advocacy priority for NYDIS.

    Read the September 14 Joint Congressional Leadership Letter to the TSA and DHS:

    Read the September 25 Joint Senate Letter to the TSA:
  • Grand Jury Indicts Schoolboy for Forcibly Cutting Sikh Schoolboy's Hair

    A Grand Jury filed an indictment against a 17 year-old schoolboy for forcibly cutting a 15 year-old Sikh schoolboy’s hair, accusing him of 9 charges, including coercion and menacing as a hate crime and false imprisonment. A UNITED SIKHS spokesperson said, “This case will now proceed to trial. Cutting a Sikh’s unshorn hair, his article of faith, is the most grievous assault that can be inflicted on him.” UNITED SIKHS had arranged for Dr. Inder Singh, an NYU professor to testify before the Grand Jury, giving evidence on the religious significance of unshorn hair to Sikhs. Post-9/11 disaster backlash is an advocacy priority for NYDIS.

    Read the Press Release:

    Read the NY Times September 23 Op-Ed article by Neha Singh and Khin Mai Aung:
  • OEM Congratulates ARC/GNY on 1st Anniversary at New Chapter Headquarters

    NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and American Red Cross in Greater NY (ARC/GNY), celebrated the first anniversary of ARC/GNY’s move to its new headquarters building at 520 West 49th Street. OEM Commissioner Joseph Bruno, the keynote speaker at an all staff meeting on September 19, congratulated the Chapter on its state-of-the-art facility, which allows it to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies and disasters, and lauded the collaboration between ARC/GNY and OEM. Chapter CEO Theresa Bischoff praised the two agencies for “…forging our partnership while retaining our unique identities to help New Yorkers at the time when they need us most.”

    Read the September 19 ARC/GNY Press Release:

Preparedness Initiatives

  • About NYDISNET and NYDISNET Alerts

    Welcome to NYDISNET, our bi-weekly e-newsletter. We hope this resource will keep you updated about the work of NYDIS and developments in disaster readiness, response and recovery initiatives here in New York City. During emergencies we will send a NYDISNET ALERT to all subscribers. The alert will include all official information available through the NYC Office of Emergency Management and news from our members and partners. Please feel free to copy and distribute any information from NYDISNET that you find helpful. If you would like to distribute NYDISNET to your agency staff or faith community leaders please let us know - we're happy to provide that service free of charge.
  • Have You Registered with HOWCALM™?

    NYDISnet NYDIS has developed and made available, free to NYC faith communities and houses of worhship, a secure, web-based database system for managing faith-based assets in times of crisis. By tracking the logistics and resources of houses of worship, religious schools and faith-based service providers, the system enhancing the preparedness, response capacity and emergency planning efforts in NYC. Enrolling your congregation will include enrollment in emergency communication systems, disaster training opportunities and enhance NYDIS’ ability to work in partnership with OEM and Human Service agencies to include your house of worship in all-hazards planning.

    For more information download the brochure on pdf: click here

    To register your House of Worship: click here
  • NYDIS' "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders"

    NYDIS' set of fifteen "Disaster Tip Sheets for NYC Religious Leaders" is a free resource which provides important information and resources about disaster readiness, response, and recovery issues of key importance to the clergy and religious leaders of New York City's houses of worship and faith communities. They can be downloaded below. (If the material is quoted or duplicated in other resources, please acknowledge the source.) To view a Tip Sheet, click on the link next to the title:
    • Disaster Basics for Faith Communities: click here
    • The Role of Faith Communities in Disasters: click here
    • The Disaster Lifecycle: Where Do Religious Leaders Fit In?: click here
    • Faith Communities & Evacuation Planning: click here
    • Faith Communities & Disaster Sheltering: click here
    • How to Use Your House of Worship in a Disaster: click here
    • Faith Communities & Disaster Volunteerism: click here
    • Faith Communities & Donations Management: click here
    • Continuity of Operations Planning: Ministry & Services Post-Disaster: click here
    • Disaster Spiritual Care: click here
    • Self-Care for Religious Leaders: click here
    • Faith Communities & Disaster Mental Health: click here
    • Trauma Resilience and Harm Reduction in the Community: click here
    • Disaster Backlash: Bias Crimes & Mitigation: click here
    • National Faith-Based Disaster Service Organizations: click here

    Go to the Tip Sheets page on the NYDIS website to download each Tip Sheet: click here
    Or go to www.nydis.org.
  • DHS Releases National Preparedness Guidelines

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published the National Preparedness Guidelines, which establishes a vision for national preparedness and provides a systematic approach for prioritizing preparedness efforts across the US; and the Target Capabilities List, which describes the collective national capabilities required to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

    Download the National Preparedness Guidelines:
  • DHS' New Preparedness Resources For Seniors, Disabled & Pets

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign released three new demonstration videos on the specific steps older Americans, individuals with disabilities and special needs, and pet owners should take to prepare for emergencies. DHS worked with AARP, the National Organization on Disability, and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to develop these new emergency preparedness resources. The new videos are released in time for National Preparedness Month 2007, a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.

    To view the Videos:
  • NYC OEM Preparedness Poll: New Yorkers Ready for Emergencies

    More New Yorkers say they are prepared and informed about emergencies than said they were prepared or informed in 2005, according to a new NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) poll. The poll found 57% of New Yorkers say they are prepared for emergencies such as natural disasters, fires, or power outages. A 2005 poll found that only 49% felt prepared for these types of emergencies. In addition to being more prepared, 68% of New Yorkers say they are informed about what to do in an emergency such as a natural disaster, power outage, or act of terrorism. In 2005, only 55% said they were informed. “Public education has always been one of the City’s priorities,” said OEM Commissioner Bruno.

    Read about the 2007 Poll:
  • OEM Contest: Be the Ready New Yorker of the Month & Win a Go Bag

    NYDISnetCalling all Ready New Yorkers! Are you prepared for an emergency? If so, OEM wants to hear your story. OEM invites New Yorkers to share stories of how they have prepared for emergencies through the Ready New Yorker of the Month contest. Each month, residents may submit their preparedness testimonials to OEM and the winner will be named the “Ready New Yorker of the Month” and receive two Go Bags, backpacks with basic supplies residents should have on hand for use in an emergency. Explain how you got through any type of emergency or how you plan to combat any disaster that comes your way. Inspire other New Yorkers to get prepared by sharing your story of preparedness on the OEM website.

    Learn more about the Contest:
  • OEM Tip: Stay Safe and Sound Underground

    Most accidents on the subways result from slips and falls on stairways. Slow down and use the handrails to keep your balance. Should a more serious incident occur while you are underground, keep these three tips in mind: listen for instructions, stay inside the train, since subway tracks are dangerous and poorly lit, the safest place is usually inside the subway car, and if evacuation is necessary, an MTA employee will provide instructions over the intercom or by walking through the train. Only pull the emergency cord if someone is caught between closed car doors and is in danger of being dragged. If your train is between stations and you pull the cord, the train will stop, preventing emergency responders from reaching the train.

    Learn more about subway preparedness:
  • Fire Prevention Week: October 7-13

    Practice Your Escape Plan!" is the theme of Fire Prevention Week 2007. It's not enough to have a fire escape plan. To escape safely, you've got to make sure that everyone has practiced the plan. According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) poll, the majority of Americans have a fire escape plan, but most haven't practiced it. From October 7-13, fire safety advocates will be spreading the word that when it comes to escape plans, practice is key.

    Test your escape planning know how: click here

    Evacuation planning for people with disabilities: click here

    Learn more about Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Week:
  • UJA-Federation Makes $1M Grant for Emergency Services

    UJA-Federation of New York has granted $1 million over a five-year period to Chevra Hatzalah Emergency Services (Hatzalah). As a result, Hatzalah has been able to fully upgrade its radio-communications system, revamp the computer-aided dispatch system, set up an enhanced 911 type service, convert to T-1 lines, provide training dispatchers, and create a specialized disaster preparedness training program. This allocation allows Hatzalah to continue to tutor volunteers, improve essential communications technology, and upgrade equipment. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is a third organization in the partnership that works hand in hand with Hatzalah to provide human services for victims released from Hatzalah's care.

  • ARC-GNY Preparedness Presentation-Headquarters

    Prepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching NYC residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants receive an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and brochures from the ARC and NYC OEM. The next presentation is Thursday, October 4, 6:30 to 7:15 pm at 520 West 49th Street.

    Sign up online for October 4:
  • Preparedness Resources for Health Officials

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing local health departments, seeks to improve people’s health by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems. They are offering resources on their website that include: an Indian Tribes Survey Template, a Special Populations Template, a Special Needs Shelter Plan, and a Toolkit for Congregations.

  • Hurricane Preparedness

    • OEM Hurricane Tip: What's Your Plan?

      Hurricane season is here. Unlike most hazards, we can predict when a hurricane is coming. Unfortunately, that still means most people wait until the last minute to get prepared. Don't procrastinate; use the calm before the storm to make a plan with your family to weather the storm season safely.

      Download the Ready NY: Hurricanes and NYC Guide: click here

    • The Weather Service's Storm Ready Center

      Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, as well as an average of 6 deadly hurricanes. Potentially deadly weather impacts every American. The National Weather Service’s (NWS) StormReady® program, started in 1999 in Tulsa, OK, helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during the event. Most importantly, StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs through better planning, education, and awareness.


    • Website Offers Customized Hurricane Preparedness Plan

      OneStorm is a free tool to help prepare for this hurricane season by building a hurricane kit, planning for pets, and identifying your flood risk. Designed to incorporate information and recommendations from the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as well as from local and state emergency management agencies, OneStorm promises customized storm planning for residents in hurricane-prone areas. Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center, is an adviser to the site which requires a user to spend about 10 minutes entering personal information, then provide a shopping list of items required during a storm.

      Read the DNN article:
      www.disasternews.net/news/article.php?articleid=3311 www.onestorm.org/

  • Pandemic Flu Preparedness

    • Flu Preparedness Guide for Faith Communities
      Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has developed several audience specific brochures that will help guide you and your organization through the pandemic planning process. One that is of particular interest to the NYDISnet readership is entitled, “It’s Not Flu As Usual: What Faith Based and Community Organizations Need to Know about Pandemic Flu.”

      Download the Booklet:

    • CDC's Faith/Community Partnership Pandemic Report
      Faith-based and community-based organizations (FBCOs) are essential partners in helping people to prepare for an influenza pandemic and in protecting the public’s health and safety should a Flu Pandemic occur. Dr. Scott Santibañez, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Associate Director for Partnerships with Faith-Based/Community Organizations, has just released an article to help clarify the threat of pandemic influenza and to actively engage readers in preparing for a severe influenza pandemic. The report emphasizes how FBCOs can ensure that people in need are provided for and that care is provided in a way that minimizes stigma and other negative social responses.

      Read Dr. Santibañez’s entire article: click here

      Additional information is available from the CDC Hotline:
      1.800.CDC.INFO (1.800.232.4636). This line is available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
      TTY: 1.888.232.6348.

  • Pet Preparedness

    • OEM Tip: Don't Forget Your Pet
      After Katrina, OEM introduced Ready New York for Pets - a guide for pet owners on how to care for pets during an emergency. OEM encourages all pet owners to include pets in their disaster plans. Think about where you will go with your pet and how you will get there if you have to leave home during an emergency. Know what you will do if an emergency prevents you from returning home to your pet. Put together a pet Go Bag.

      Download Ready NY Pet Guide:

    • Preparing Pets in Case of a Hurricane
      Now is the time for pet owners to get prepared by creating a plan and gathering supplies when a hurricane strikes. "The key to survival during a disaster for you and your animals is to be as prepared as possible before the storm hits," says Randy Covey, director of disaster services for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). There are over 358 million companion animals living in American homes. According to national surveys post-Hurricane Katrina, 61 percent of pet owners will not leave their companion animals behind during a disaster, which highlights the need for pet owners to prepare.

      Learn what you need to know at the HSUS Hurricane Preparedness Page:

    • FEMA Urges Pet Preparedness
      Animals left behind in disasters can become a risk for emergency responders, and be at risk themselves of health complications, getting lost, injured or killed. Preparing for pet evacuation and sheltering may seem complex at first, but it is as easy and effective as preparing for any emergency your family may encounter. Learn what to prepare and what to take with you in an emergency. Then you need to know where to go. Not all shelters allow pets. Some do take pets, but they are kept in a separate section. You will need a transport such as a cage or crate and a leash.

      Read FEMA’s September 27 Press Release:

      FEMA has more information on developing a Pet Preparedness Plan:

      Download the DHS Ready America Pets brochure: 
  • Preparedness Guide for the Underserved

    Operation HOPE, a national organization focused on bringing financial literacy and empowerment to underserved US communities offers the ”Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide,” under its HOPE Coalition America program, which serves as a resource network of companies, including banking, financial services, and insurance as well as government, social service and emergency relief organizations that mobilize to respond to disasters.

    Download the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide:

We Recommend

  • Add Your Info to www.NYDIS.org Resource Library

    Do you have a useful resource for caseworkers, recovery providers and clients that you would like to submit? The NYDIS Resource Library on our website contains a large compilation of disaster resources including downloadable documents, links to useful websites, and references to printed publications. We welcome your agency's resources, which can be posted on NYDIS.org by clicking on the "Resources" Tab. You will then find directions on how to "Submit a Resource".

  • FEMA’s New Guide Asks: “Are You Ready?”

    The FEMA publication “Are You Ready?” is a 200-page guide that can be used as a reference or as a step-by-step manual on how to learn about local emergency plans, identify local hazards, develop an emergency communication plan, and build a disaster supplies kit. Other topics include evacuating safely, making use of emergency public shelters and protecting people with disabilities.

    Download the new “Are You Ready Guide?”:
  • NYC Corporate Access ID System Assures Continuity of Business

    The Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) is a pre-emergency credentialing program which authenticates critical business employees for access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency using a secure identification card recognized by the police. This City ID system allows critical employees access to your primary service facility during a city emergency to maintain vital service or administrative functions. NYDIS, a participant believing that this is an important feature of our own continuity of operations planning, recommends you review the brochure to determine if this is a program in which you’d like to participate.

    Download the CEAS 2006 Brochure: click here

    Read how NYC OEM activated CEAS following the July 27 Steam Pipe Explosion:

  • Online Interactive Courses for Emergency Preparedness

    The NY Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education helps health professionals in NYS and NYC to respond effectively to emergency events of all kinds; they will have an increased ability to identify potential emergencies, respond rapidly within institutional and community incident management systems, communicate across clinical and public health organizational lines, and provide effective care for those affected.

  • Explaining Disasters, Emergencies & Catastrophes Post-9/11 & -Katrina

    Dr. E. L. Quarantelli is research professor and founding director of the Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware and the author or editor of books, articles and chapters on disaster topics. Katrina has reinforced the view of some researchers that the scale of any collective crisis has to be taken into account in any analysis; and just as “disasters” are qualitatively different from everyday community emergencies, so are “catastrophes” a qualitative jump over “disasters” - in less than a decade of field research it was conclusively documented that community disasters were qualitatively and quantitatively different from routine emergencies. In these two articles, Dr. Quarantelli articulates the distinctions of these terms, their impact on the community, why response is necessarily different, and how this knowledge is relevant in determining preparedness plans in the future.

    Read the article, “Catastrophes are Different from Disasters: Some Implications for Crisis Planning and Managing Drawn from Katrina” (2006):

    Download the article, “Emergencies, Disaster and Catastrophes Are Different Phenomena” (2000):
  • DOHMH Launches New 9/11 Health Website

    Marking the sixth anniversary of 9/11, the NYC Health Department (DOHMH) has launched a new website to provide up-to-date scientific information about the disaster’s lingering health effects and to highlight the services available to those affected. It also includes easily accessible research findings and treatment options for the different groups of affected people: rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others.

    Visit the 9/11 Health Website:
  • HAN Web System Alerts NYC’s Health Providers

    The NYC Health Alert Network (HAN), a web-based alerting system from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), provides doctors and other medical providers with up-to-date information on urgent and emergent public health issues.

    To register:

    Download the HAN PowerPoint presentation: click here
  • Updated Emergency Resources for At-Risk Populations

    The new version of the workbook, "Locating and Reaching At-Risk Populations in an Emergency," first released last fall, is just out. At-risk populations include those who are physically or mentally disabled (blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, cognitive disorders, or with mobility limitations), people with limited English language skills, geographically or culturally isolated people, homeless people, elderly individuals, and children. This workbook from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) provides resources and information for effective planning for emergency preparedness and response.

    Resource Guide 2007: click here

    Workbook Manual 2007: click here

    Inserts Manual 2007: click here

    For further information, contact Mary Burt, NYS Department of Health:
  • PlainViews: E-Newsletter for Spiritual Care Providers

    Subscribe to this bi-monthly e-newsletter offering views on Professional Practice, Advocacy, Education & Research, and Spiritual Development. Sponsored by the HealthCare Chaplaincy in NYC and edited by NYDIS Board President The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs.

    Send your email address to:


Save The Date

  • "Disasters: Recipes and Remedies" Conference

    Thursday, November 1 - Friday, November 2

    Leading experts will explore the commonalities of all disasters. They will examine the unequal protection and treatment of populations made vulnerable by their location and or socioeconomic status; the impact of disasters on the economy and overall human development; how hazards develop into disasters; and how design factors either mitigate or amplify their effects. Nicholas Scoppetta, Fire Commissioner of NYC will give the keynote address, followed by questions and answers with Bob Kerrey, President of The New School. It will be held at The New School at

    For information and conference details:
    212.229.5776 x3121

    For the Agenda: click here

  • IAEM 55th 2007 Annual Conference

    November 11-15
    Reno, Nevada

    "Partners in Emergency Management: Working Together", this year’s topic from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security.  For emergency managers, homeland security officials, first response coordinators, and contingency planners.

    Conference details:

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

  • NYDIS, Office Volunteers

    NYDIS is seeking office volunteers to support the finance and disaster preparedness/training departments, and to answer phones and perform administrative duties for 20 hours per week. Positions begin immediately.

    To apply, please email your Cover Letter and Resume to:
    pgudaitis@nydis.org or fax to 212.669.6101.
  • FEMA, Disaster-Related Job Opportunities

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expanding and there are new jobs listed in the New York area, as well as every FEMA Regional Office around the country.

    To see the list of jobs, and to get instructions on how to apply:
  • HWCLI, Disaster Advocate and Recovery Coordinator

    The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island (HWCLI) seeks an individual to oversee and coordinate two disaster-related programs: the 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable and the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD).

    For details about this position: click here

    To apply, submit Cover Letter and Resume to:
    Loule Gebremedhin
  • NVOAD, National Portal Program Manager - Washington, DC

    The National Portal Program Manager for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) will be responsible for strategic relationship management and quality program implementation for the National Donations Management program under his/her oversight; and will also serve as a liaison between State VOADs and the National Office.

    For details about this position: click here

    Send cover letter and resume by October 17 to:
  • NYC DOHMH, MRC Program Associate, Emergency Management Div.

    The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is looking for an individual with experience and skills that can be leveraged to recruit, train and retain volunteer health professionals for its growing Bureau of Emergency Management. The candidate for a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program Associate in Manhattan should have strong interpersonal and communication skills, familiarity with marketing, training, volunteer management, event coordination, and/or related activities, and an interest in working in Public Health Preparedness.

    Submit your resume online:

    For details about the position: click here
  • NYC OEM, Job Opportunities

    For all of the positions currently available at the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), including emergency management personnel, responders, planners, and administrative and support staff, please go directly to the OEM “Job Opportunities” website page:

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    NYDISnetIf you'd like to make a donation to assist NYDIS in its mission of providing faith-based disaster services, click here, or send a check to NYDIS at 22 Cortlandt Street, 20th Fl., New York, NY 10007. NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are 100% tax deductible. It is a great way to honor or memorialize someone and we will send an acknowledgement of your gift.

    To donate online, go to the NYDIS homepage and click "Make a Donation":


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